Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is a federal grant program administered by the Colorado Department of Agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of Colorado specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). For a list of eligible and ineligible commodities, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service website.

Please email cda_scbgp@state.co.us if you would like to be notified of future SCBGP funding opportunities.


FFY2023 SCBGP Applications

The application period for FFY2023 funding will be from January 19 to February 24, 2023. Concept proposals must be received by 5:00 P.M. on February 24. Projects awarded from this application period will begin on or after January 1, 2024 and end no later than November 15, 2025.

A live Questions & Answers Session is scheduled for February 7, from 11 am to noon. Register here.  

Program Status Open

Q&A Session

February 7th, 2023

11 am - 12 pm

Via Zoom - Register Here


How to Apply


Upcoming Opportunities

SCBGP 2023 Schedule

Phase I: Concept Proposal

Request for concept proposals

Opens January 19, 2023

SCBG Live Q&A Session via Zoom 

February 7, 2023, 11 am - 12 pm 

Concept proposals due

February 24, 2023, 5:00 p.m. MT

Phase II: Grant Proposal (by invitation only)

Invitation to submit grant proposals

On or about April 1, 2023

Phase II grant proposals due

Early May 2023

Grant proposals sent to USDA for approval

June 2023


Announcement of award funding

September 2023

Contracting with CDA

September-December 2023

Project start

January 1, 2024 or when contract is executed

Project end date

No later than November 15, 2025




Buckets overfilled with long green peppers during harvest in the field.
Photo by Luke Munchrath

Contact Us

Colorado Department of Agriculture
Markets Division
305 Interlocken Parkway
Broomfield, CO 80021
(303) 869-9170


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